Job search networking group meetings starting 3-25-2024






Happy days are here again! 

Monday, 03/25, 10:30 am, Professional Services Group of Central New Jersey hosts, 

Is It Time to Consider a Plan B? Is the time and effort you put into your job search producing the results you expect and need? If not, it may be time to closely evaluate your job search strategy. Specifically, the skills you will bring to your next employer and the skills your next employer (and the marketplace) may really need. If there is a gap between those two points, or if you no longer enjoy what you have previously done, you may need to adjust your job search strategy. Our speaker David Schuchman is an information technology professional with a passion for technology implementation, as well as applications design, development, and IT operations. He is also the executive chair and leader of the Professional Service Group of Mercer County, a networking community for professionals in career transition.

PSGCNJ has established a pre-registration system for Zoom meetings. Please visit and register by our 11 pm Friday deadline prior to the Monday morning meeting.

Please join us on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month from noon-12:30 pm for our “Ask Maya” segment with Maya Ollson, career consultant, founder of Kokopella High Touch Outplacement and a frequent speaker for PSGCNJ. Maya facilitates the 30-minute Q&A session to answer your job-search questions.


Please join us on the third Monday of the month from 11:30 am until noon for a new segment on the importance of meditation in your job search. The segment is hosted by Victoria Squazzo, a certified Reiki master/teacher, holistic practitioner of Ayurveda and emotion code practitioner. Victoria has been in private practice since 2014 and completed a Yoga certification in 2022. 


Tuesday, March 26, 2023 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (EDT) 

The Tuesday evening NJ JobSeekers group, normally at Trinity Church in Princeton, is moving online for the time being.  We will meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays, each month.

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Friday, March 299:45am – 12:00pm, David Schuchman – Overcome Legal Discrimination in Job Search

The Princeton Public Library. 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton NJ 08542

To discriminate against someone means to treat that person differently, or less favorably, for some reason. Employment discrimination laws seek to prevent discrimination based on race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, physical disability, and several other reasons. However, employers do have and use legal reasons to exclude some job applicants. In this program, we will discuss what are the legal reasons that employers use to discriminate against some candidates. And we’ll discuss & identify 5 tips to overcome those. FYI, these tips can also mitigate some illegal discrimination.

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Friday, April 59:45am – 12:00pm, Terrence Seamon – The Five Habits of Highly Effective Job Seekers

The Princeton Public Library. 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton NJ 08542

In this presentation, Terry takes jobseekers through five critical practices that they must use consistently in order to land the next job and achieve success including the importance of focus in their search; how to position and present themselves as a solution; and how to utilize their resources, especially relationships and time, most effectively.  Terry coaches executives and professionals who are in career transitions. He previously had a long career in the corporate world as an HR training manager in the energy, telecom, and pharma-chem industries.

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APRIL 13, 2924,, 8:00 -10:00 AM  Join The Breakfast Club NJ Monthly Meeting with a presentation by Ken Lang – “How Linkedin is Using AI for Job Search”. Sign on instructions at Please share this with other groups you may be in.  Join us on at: to RSVP for the meeting.


April 13, 2024

Topic: “Applicant Tracking System Success”

Speaker: Cheryl Bonner

Location: In-Person at Penn State Great Valley in Malvern, PA and via Zoom

Registration link 

Registration for all events closes at 12 noon the day prior to the event.  

Seminar Description:

Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) are used by over 97% of Fortune 500 companies. ATS is software for recruiters and employers to track candidates throughout the hiring process. Companies use ATS capabilities to scan and filter resumes by searching for key skills and job titles to determine candidates that best meet their criteria for further consideration.

With the availability of these systems, even small companies are using them as part of their hiring process. It is estimated that there are over 60 systems and artificial intelligence (AI) will most likely contribute to the growth of products while increasing their functionality.

While these systems offer many benefits for the hiring process, they can often create a barrier for the job seeker. The good news is there are strategies for success.

Seminar Objectives:

During this presentation, participants will:

  •     learn how applicant tracking systems work,
  •     explore ways to identify keywords,
  •     gain tips on how to write resumes that will get results,
  •     discover the role networking has on this process, and
  •     know how these principles can be applied to other aspects of the job search.

Speaker Bio:

Cheryl Clark Bonner has over 35 years in the career services field. Currently, she serves as Penn State University’s Director of Alumni Career Services, one of the many programs offered through the Penn State Alumni Association. Her team serves all alumni through in-person and online delivery methods on topics including job search training, career planning assistance, professional development support, and the provision of networking opportunities. By providing access to curated, relevant, and trusted resources and through leveraging the power and expertise of the Penn State community, her team positions alumni for professional success. As one of the founders of the Alumni Career Services Network (ACSN), Cheryl has been instrumental in leading other professionals in this growing field and has helped to shape the field of alumni career services. She has served as an adjunct professor at the undergraduate


Friday, April 199:45am – 12:00pm Lynne Williams – Tips to Build Your LinkedIn Brand

The Princeton Public Library. 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton NJ 08542

Description:  Did you know …

  • LinkedIn has over one (1) billion users worldwide and welcomes three new members every second?
  • LinkedIn is a database for networking and relationship building?

How can you define your value proposition, build your personal brand, optimize your LinkedIn profile, and leverage your competitive edge?

By attending this session, you’ll learn:

  • Where in your profile to effectively incorporate keywords
  • How to clearly brand yourself to be memorable
  • How to evaluate your headline and add a USP
  • Free tools and resources


Lynne Williams, Ed.D. Candidate, is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group, which provides online career development and networking for career transition (job seekers) and career management (employed and self-employed). Lynne writes resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and LinkedIn company pages, and focuses on keywords. She is currently working on her doctoral dissertation on the topic of LinkedIn. 

Connect on LinkedIn at and 

visit to learn more.

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Friday, May 39:45am – 12:00pm  Rod Colon – The CEO of Me: Own Your Own Career

The Princeton Public Library. 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton NJ 08542

Description:  To remain competitive in the 21st century, professionals need to run their careers in the same way a CEO runs a business… with full accountability, mental discipline, a distinctive brand, and a relentless gathering of business intelligence. “Own Your Career” is more than a mantra. It is both a methodology and an all-inclusive platform designed so that everyone ‒ regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or age ‒ can have career success.

Join Coach and Career Development Strategist Rod Colón as he discusses how you can acquire the skills needed to successfully manage the stages of career transition.

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May 11, 2024

Topic: Knock Out Networking for Career Search!

Speaker: Michael Goldberg

Location: In-Person at Penn State Great Valley in Malvern, PA and via Zoom

Registration link coming soon

Registration for all events closes at 12 noon the day prior to the event.  

Seminar Description:

Touch gloves and come out networking! Job search is a fight. No doubt about it. You’ll want to lace up your gloves and come out swinging. Networking, like boxing, is about the connection. And more and better connections (in or out of the ring!) means greater success. In this session, we’ll discuss what networking is, the different types, what to say (and not say!), how to stay focused, follow up, target marketing, LinkedIn, introductions and referrals, the Daily Fight Plan, and more!

Bottom line, having a KO strategy to networking will absolutely help you attract more prospects, more referrals, and more interviews to your pipeline!

Seminar Objectives

In this “main event”, you will learn how to:

  • Confidently meet and greet new people in professional settings – LIVE and virtually.
  • Further define Target Market to establish more and better connections.
  • Deliver a “knock-out” elevator speech (not a script!).
  • Generate more prospects, introductions, and referrals from current network.
  • Establish important relationships generating more career opportunities.
  • Create a daily process to stay focused and gain momentum.


Speaker Bio:

Michael Goldberg is a two-time TEDx speaker and the founder of Knock Out Networking, LLC, a training firm focused on helping sales producers generate more business through networking. Michael’s programs are responsible for generating hundreds of thousands of dollars of increased revenues, retention, and recruitment. Michael speaks at conferences and associations, runs sales meetings, and delivers dynamic “results driven” programs that can be implemented immediately. His programs have been licensed by organizations for use companywide. Clients include Morgan Stanley, UBS, and Chubb. Michael’s book Knock-Out Networking for Financial Advisors and Other Sales Producers is available now! For more information or to subscribe to Michael’s FREE weekly blog 3-Minute Rounds, please visit


 Pre-Recorded Podcasts

In this article, IDC’s Wayne Kurtzman shares survey results on how to increase engagement in virtual meetings


 This video podcast explores the preferences, experiences, attitudes and behaviors of organizers and attendees of virtual events that have been held in the wake of COVID-19. It also delves into the priorities that organizers, sponsors, and vendors should address to ensure a positive experience for event attendees and how to capitalize of virtual event opportunities.

The New York Science, Industry and Business Library, located at 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016. The library also recorded some of the presentations and they are available 24/7 on-line at:

 PSG of Mercer County website has now grown to 35 eLearning sites. Many are free, but not all. Check out some of these eLearning sites at:




General Resources

The mission of is to provide ONE website where anyone who is unemployed or under-employed, can find everything they need to help with his or her career search that will result in employment.

Any formed group that assists members in educating, coaching, career testing, job lead, networking connections, mentoring, counseling, or support, while providing a safe place for the job seeker, is welcome to be listed on the or website.  For more information and a schedule of events go to  

Recurring Meetings

Sundays from 9:00 – 9:30 am: George Pace, an IT Technology Leader, in Partnership with TBCNJ, host a weekly LIVE Webinar every Sunday to discuss:

  •       The latest Federal / State news as it relates to the Job Market 


Monday mornings – The Ramsey Job Search Work Team meets every Monday morning. Networking starts from 9 to 9:30am and the meeting starts at 9:30 to 10:30 while virtual.  Members are expected to hold each other accountable at weekly (virtual) meetings for conducting a job search in earnest. Historically, the team has enjoyed a very high rate of “landings” by those conducting an active and vigorous job search.

Based on the Lee-Hecht-Harrison model, it’s more of a project management team made up of people committed to helping each other in the job search. By attending regularly and staying focused on key tasks, meetings serve as an advisory panel that knows you and your search and can offer answers to the questions that come up in job hunting.

Help others to help you (especially for the first few meetings) by having a prepared “elevator pitch” to introduce yourself. Jobs open up because there’s a problem to solve or a need to fill.

Please contact Beth Berkenfeld at or 201-797-4342 if interested in joining the group.


Alternate Tuesdays, 10 am – Career Conversations with Tony are free webinars for those who are un/underemployed, in/considering a career transition. Sessions are facilitated primarily by longtime group facilitator and Career Coach, Tony Calabrese, of Absolute Transitions, LLC, or an esteemed guest presenter. Login info will be emailed the day prior to the webinar, but registration officially closes at 8am the morning of each webinar. All are welcome. Q & A will follow. Be sure to check our webpage for: dates, topics, presenters, webinar descriptions, and the registration link at: To receive an invite to join our listserv for occasional announcements and reminders, volunteer or recommend a thought-leader or topic, or if you have any questions, please email Tony at:


Every Tuesday 1-2:00pm, Join Ken Lang for his weekly LinkedIn Live! event. Register here at or you can watch the broadcast live from Ken’s LinkedIn profile – 


The Neighbors-helping-Neighbors (NhN) has now changed its operating model from virtual meetings, face to face meeting to a one-on-one mentor/coach model. Our leaders and others who volunteer and are vetted by founder will offer one on one sessions with our membership information and a large amounts of resources for NhNUSA may be found at There is both a registration for members needing help, along with a registration for applying to be a coach/mentor.  Please feel free to use the free career resources on this site and join their Linked-In group.  


Neighbors-helping Neighbors USA ) founded on January 27,2011, is supported by an award winning web portal site, LinkedIn group, Facebook group and a large network of members and volunteer leaders built over the past 12 years.


Join William Paterson University Alumni Association virtually on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom for an informative and strategic approach to landing the job you want.  We are pleased to launch a series of career workshops to help support you in your career search. Whether you’re in a current job search, considering a career transition or looking to take your career to the next level, these sessions are for you! Over the next 5 months, you’ll have an opportunity to learn the key elements of a job search strategy and a step-by-step approach to landing the job you want. We’ll take the guesswork out of the job search, so you will always know what to do next. 

 Every Wednesday at 9:30, psgmc (Professional Services Group Morris County) presents a virtual meeting.  They provide relevant speakers to help with your job search, as well as provide a forum to networks. If you would like to attend our meetings please email Dale at for Zoom Meeting ID and Password.


Wednesdays – Job Seekers of Montclair is a free, job search training and support group open to all. We have professional speakers on a variety of job search topics including recognizing your accomplishments, developing your resume, networking, interview preparation, and dealing with road blocks.

Job Seekers of Montclair meets every Wednesday in person and on Zoom at 7:30 pm. All meetings are free and open to the public.

Information about the upcoming meeting can be found on our website.

While you are there, you can join our low volume e-mail list where we send announcements of upcoming meetings or helpful information. Just click on Subscribe on the home page.

You may also link to an Internet-friendly version of our schedule from our website. 

There is no meeting of Job Seekers this week. The next meeting is in person (with additional Zoom access) on January 3. Join Dr. Mark Arnowitz, adjunct professor at Caldwell University and counselor for life changing events, who will conduct a workshop on Coping with Change.


1st and 3rd Thursday of the month The Northwest New Jersey Career Club (NWNJCC) led by Nancy Mackowiak, will conduct an ONLINE ZOOM Meeting regarding current job search issues and challenges. This group previously met at the Mount Olive Public Library. To join the meeting, join the Facebook group ‘Northwest New Jersey Career Club’ and a Zoom invitation will be sent to you, a day before the meeting.

Free Computer Classes at Neptune Public Library. Registration required:

Thursday, June 29 5:30p-7:30p [PowerPoint]

 The basics class is discontinued and being done on an individual basis through diagnostic testing modules.

 To register, contact:

 Laura Myers

Neptune Public Library



The Professional Service Group (PSG) of Mercer County is a community program providing enrichment seminars for professionals in transition who are seeking new employment opportunities or exploring new career paths. PSG of Mercer County meets each Friday morning at 10:00am. Meetings are always free, open to all, and do NOT require you to register in advance. Please check the PSG of Mercer County website 

Event Calendar for upcoming programs:


Careers in Transition meets virtually the first and third Saturday of each month at 8:30 AM EST except for July 6, 2024. Each meeting offers: (1) various speakers and topics related to job search and career development (2) Resume Review.

Read more about us:

To ensure the security of our virtual meetings, invitations will be emailed directly only to members who register for the meeting.  Registration will be open until 5PM EST Friday before each meeting.

Link to sign up: :


2nd Saturday of the month, except we skip December and August. Penn State Great Valley Presents   My Career Transitions My Career Transitions has returned to in-person meetings at the Penn State Great Valley campus in Malvern, PA. Attending in-person allows you to get the most from the meeting by interacting with the speaker and networking with the volunteers and other attendees that may be able to help you.  * For those outside the greater Philadelphia region or otherwise not able to attend in-person, you will be able to join by Zoom, starting with virtual networking before joining the classroom live. We do not record the meetings for viewing later.All events now start at promptly at 10:00 AM and end by 12:15 PM.  Please arrive by 10:00 when doors open.  We start with the MCT networking session – a fun way to meet people and grow your network by 2-3 people – even before the speaker starts.Note: Registration for all events closes at 12 noon the day prior to the event.  

Dress Code:  We suggest dressy casual. No one wears suits or ties. The norm is slacks and a collared shirt for men and the equivalent for women.

Monthly schedule: 2nd Saturday of the month, except we skip December and August. See below. 

My Career Transitions is presented by Penn State Great Valley and our events are sponsored by the Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society. You do not need to have any affiliation with Penn State to attend and benefit from our meetings and speaker. We welcome everyone.




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